Vanpooling: Save Time, Save Money
Ridesharing is a growing trend in both the US and the San Francisco Bay Area.
- Save time using Express Lanes and HOV lanes
- Save money on gas and parking
- Reduce wear and tear on your personal vehicle
- Work, read or nap on the way to work
Joining a Vanpool
We’ll pay half your costs for the first three months. To qualify, the vanpool must have a Contra Costa County origin or destination, and you cannot have been a member of a vanpool in the last six months or have claimed this benefit previously.
Find a Vanpool Headed Your Way:
- Vanpooling: Seats Available shows regional vanpool routes with available seats.
- Dial ‘511’ on your phone and say ‘Rideshare’ to receive a free, customized matchlist of vanpools going your way. Also, ask your employer about vanpools.
For Current Vanpool Riders: If you recently joined a vanpool, apply for the Vanpool Passenger Incentive.
Starting a New Vanpool
It’s easier than you think.
No special driver’s license is required, and 511 will help you lease a van, recruit passengers, get discounted parking permits, and access free bridge tolls.
To start a vanpool, you’ll need:
- Register your vanpool with the 511 RideMatch Service
- Find seven passengers (including the driver). 511 SF Bay will help you recruit passengers once you’ve registered your vanpool.
- Complete the vanpool forms on 511 SF Bay’s Start Vanpool page
- Find more tools for vanpool drivers at 511 SF Bay.
Vanpool Lease Rebates up to $2400
Start a new vanpool with a Contra Costa origin or destination and get up to $200 a month towards your lease payment for the first year!‡
‡While program funds last
Earn an Extra $1,000
Drivers who start a new vanpool and keep it on the road for at least one year could be eligible to receive a $1,000 cash bonus.* To apply, contact 511 Contra Costa directly at (925) 973-2650 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to receive a registration form.
* To qualify, the vanpool must have a Contra Costa County origin or destination, and you cannot have been a member of a vanpool in the last six months. You may only participate in this program one time.
For assistance with starting a vanpool, filling empty seats, financial incentives, or the pre-tax benefits for vanpooling, contact email@example.com.
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